I once was lost, but now I am found.
Growing up in a military family, I lived just about everywhere as a kid. When my dad retired from the Army, we settled in Dallas, Texas. The summer after I graduated from high school, as I read the Bible with a good friend, I became convicted of my sinfulness and my need for a savior. I put my faith in Jesus, and went to college as a very young believer.
My early years of following Jesus, in the midst of the hedonism that is typical on a state university campus, were “sink or swim.” By God’s grace, I swam. I connected with a local church in my college years. There I was loved, mentored, and discipled. Ultimately, my wife and I were married there, and I was ordained there. In that time, the Lord gave me a deep love for the gospel and the local church – the people the gospel creates.
In 2020, I began serving as the pastor of teaching and vision at Life Church in Salisbury, North Carolina. Because of my experience in the local church as a young believer, I remain passionate about the health and potential of the local church. Most of all, I am passionate about my local church – the people God has called me to serve and lead by his grace. The majority of what I write here is for the saints I now am privileged to pastor.
My best friend, Kristen, and I have been married since 2001. Together we are raising four wonderful kids: Hudson (2006), Isaac (2008), Elliot (2011), and Carson (2013). From them we learn much about ourselves – and ultimately about God’s grace.
I love listening to music and reading. I foster unhealthy obsessions with the Boston Red Sox and Manchester United. I like to run, but not very fast.
Above all else, I’m learning to love the gospel. Learning. For me, growing as a believer has mainly meant finding new ways to apply the gospel to my own heart. I am more convinced of my need for grace today than I was decades ago when I trusted in Christ for the first time. Even this, I believe, is grace.